Vibration white finger is the more commonly known name for Hand-arm vibration syndrome. Vibration white finger causes a painful swelling of the fingers and can be a potentially disabling syndrome.
The symptoms of vibration white finger will initially manifest as a numbness or tingling of the fingers. Gradually the fingers become swollen and white when cold then become red when warm. It is one of the main causes of accident at work compensation claims.
What causes vibration white finger?
Vibration white finger is a side effect of vibration overexposure, which can occur through using pneumatic drills often. For years vibration overexposure has shortened many careers by causing irreparable damage to nerves, muscles, bones, joints and blood flow. This can affect a person’s ability to hold, grip or handle an object which means they may find the simplest of tasks quite difficult to do. The loss of feeling in the hands and fingers can make it quite difficult to pick up small objects such as nails and pins.
Can I make a claim for compensation for vibration white finger?
Your employer has a duty of care towards you and must ensure that you are sufficiently protected against the risks of work-related injuries such as vibration white finger.
Many manufacturers have now incorporated vibration-dampening technology into their products in order to combat the effects of vibration white finger. It’s also important to take regular breaks from your work to prevent a gradual build-up of vibration white finger. If you are working with a pneumatic drill, it is likely that you often work outside. Cold temperatures can exacerbate the symptoms of vibration white finger.
If you’ve suffered vibration white finger as the direct result of the vibration overexposure from a pneumatic drill, you may be entitled to make a claim for work-accident compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Our lines are open 24/7 and staffed by friendly advisers waiting to take your call.
Is the process expensive?
All of our claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win-no-fee* basis meaning you won’t be out of pocket in the unfortunate event that your claim for compensation is not successful.
Will I have to go to court?
The majority of our claims are made outside court, meaning that many of our clients can avoid the daunting prospect of coming face to face with a current or former employer in court. At Accident Advice Helpline we aim to make the claim process as straightforward and transparent as possible.
Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisers.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice